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Josie is lighthearted and somewhat flighty; she's ready to leave high school behind and wants to get on with the rest of her life. Her relationships with her mother and her grandmother are somewhat strained, but she loves both of them very much, even if she has difficulty showing it. When her father comes back into her life she wants nothing to do with him; she resents him deeply for what he did to her mother and takes a very long time to warm to him. She's fiercely protective of the people she loves and is a dreamer; she wants to go to university to become a barrister.
Jacob Coote is rough around the edges- he can be a bit of a troublemaker and has a temper, but beneath it he has a very good heart. He’s fiercely opinionated and doesn’t care what other people think of him. Jacob has had a rough life emotionally- he lost his mother when he was young- and takes care of the people he loves.
John is a smart, quiet boy who goes to school with Josie. He’s very kind and looks out for his friends, and plans on going into politics- all of the men in his family, going back several generations, have been politicians. He doesn’t really want to go into government, but knows that it’s expected of him. He’s a very wholesome, good kid, and Josie has had a crush on him for years.
Katia is a very traditional Italian housewife, who is an excellent seamstress and an even better cook. She’s strict and doesn’t show affection very often, and has very traditional expectations for her daughter and granddaughter, and as a result doesn’t have the warmest of relationships with them. However, it’s obvious that she cares about them. She has a lot of secrets that she hides from her family, but eventually shares them.
Christina is Josie’s mother and is very protective of her daughter, sometimes overly so. Her relationship with her mother can be strained, but she clearly loves both her and Josie. She never regrets getting pregnant unexpectedly, even though Michael Andretti left her high and dry and to this day refuses to acknowledge his daughter.
Michael is Josie’s father, who wanted nothing to do with her when she was a baby and is still extremely reluctant to get to know her as a teenager. He’s very successful, and eventually warms to his daughter, but they never have an incredible relationship.
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This is adolescent fiction, primarily meant for female audiences. Coming of age conflicts for this demographic are easily identifiable. Most girls of this age can identify with family dynamics, discovering boys, dating, and peer pressure.